Graduation is about possibilities. Whether its from high school or college, graduation means a fresh start. From the moment a student walks across the stage, they get a new beginning and a chance to build the life they choose. That’s a significant and powerful moment worth celebrating!

The question is, when your friend or loved one is stepping out into the world, what gift can you give that really celebrates this rite of passage? Sure, you could go with a gift card or cash, those things are always appreciated. But if there were ever a time to give a gift of significance, this would be it!

We may not be experts, but in our experience, you can’t go wrong if you ask yourself these three questions when shopping for a graduation gift.

DOES THIS SUIT THEIR STYLE?

The most important thing you need to think about is the person you’re buying for. This may sound elementary, but even when you’re out shopping for someone else, it can be really easy to pick up the items that you love. Make sure the gift reflects the taste and style of the graduate.

WILL THEY EVER USE THIS?

Graduating usually precedes a big move or lifestyle change, so consider what the graduate may need moving forward. Are they moving to a dorm room where they’ll need everything from decorations to basic sheets and towels? Are they starting their first big job out of college? Think about their upcoming needs and try to get them something they can use on a regular basis.

IS THIS GIFT PERSONAL OR MEANINGFUL?

The best graduation gifts reflect this moment in time. Graduation is both a beginning and an end (sort of), so you can go either way! You can give a gift that will make your graduate feel excited and inspired for the future, or you can opt for the gift that will take them down memory lane. Both are wonderful, you can’t go wrong. The most important thing you can do is make it personal. Choose a gift that you can customize and personalize.

We may not be experts, but we know how to customize and personalize just about anything. So while we can’t give you a “top ten things to buy a graduate” list, we can suggest a couple of things that are guaranteed to make any graduate feel special.

Canvas prints

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The best thing about canvas is that it’s super versatile! You can print custom designs, quotes, artwork, photographs, and more. Canvas can be mounted, framed, or hung as-is and you’re not limited to standard sizes.

Not sure what design you want printed? We offer custom design services as well as canvas printing, so if you’re not an artist, we’ve got you covered. If you’re fresh out of design ideas, our favorite graduation gifts for 2017 are customized maps. You can choose the map you like, and add a quote or a name that fits your graduate! This gift is great for grads who are about to embark on their journey into the world. They can even check off the places they visit as they go! It’s a keepsake for life.

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Interested in pricing for a custom canvas print? Simply fill out our short request a quote form and we’ll get you all the info you need!

Embroidered gifts

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Custom name or monogram embroidery is another great way to create a personalized gift your grad will use and love. We find that the most loved embroidered gifts are the ones students can use at school! Personalized blankets are great for dorm life because they can’t get mixed up with a roommates. We also suggest towels, backpacks, and cozy bath robes.

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Want to see more options for embroidered gifts? Shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to send you some more ideas! Maybe you’ve already got a special gift and you’re just looking to add that special personal touch. We can help you with that, too!

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Curious about other potential gifts? Check out our website and follow us on social to see more of what Cornerstone Impressions can customize for you!

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If you’re like us, you love giving gifts at the holidays. You like to make the people in your life feel special and you like to see them smile. What you probably don’t like so much, however, is selecting the right gift for each person! When you’ve got a long list of people you appreciate, it can be challenging to find the right gifts for everyone. You want your gifts to be meaningful and enjoyable. After all, nobody wants to give another basket of coffee and pecans. But with so many people on your list, how can you make sure each gift feels personal and special?

We’ve got you covered. In our experience, the best way to add that personal touch is to literally get personal. Personalization can take a gift from simple to elegant in one smooth step. It can turn a basic item into something completely unique. This year, we’re giving you a step-by-step guide to gift giving that will ensure everyone on your list gets a little something special!

Step 1: MAKE A LIST OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR WORLD

When it comes to shopping, one should never begin without a list. Shopping without a list is the reason you walk into Target for a bar of soap and leave with a full cart and $300 less than you walked in with. So, for your wallet’s sake, take a few minutes to sit down and write out a list of everyone you want to give gifts to this year. Break them down into categories like family, friends, teachers, coworkers, business relationships, employees, etc.

Step 2: WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR WORLD?

After you’ve got a list of everyone you want to buy for, take a minute to sit down and think about each individual on your list and what’s going on in their lives this year. Did they have a new baby? Did they get married or move into a new house?Did they start a new job or retire from an old one? Did they graduate college? Did they send a child to college? Do they have any major events or changes coming up in their lives? Make a second column next to their names and write down something personal about each person in this column.

Step 3: WHAT DO THEY NEED IN THEIR WORLD?

Now that you’ve got a list and a little something personal about each person written down, think about gifts for life events. For example, newlyweds might enjoy a gift featuring their new family name, like a decorative pillow or a photo frame. A student might enjoy a cozy blanket or a lap desk to use while they study. Someone who recently started a new job might enjoy a padfolio or a name plate for their desk. Maybe grandma could use a new scarf. Once you’ve got a few gift ideas, add a third column and put down the gifts that would work for each person.

Now, you might know five people who moved into a new house or went off to college this year, and you want to get them all cozy new blankets. Remember, it’s totally okay to give the same item to multiple people, because we’re going to add a personal touch in the next step!

Step 4: PERSONALIZE

Now you’ve got a list of people to buy for and a list of which gifts to give, all you have to do is personalize! When you take the time to add a personal touch to gifts, people feel special! It’s a very easy way to show the people in your life how special they are to you. So, here are a few suggestions for gift personalization.

  • If you’re giving pillows or towels, have the family name or monogram embroidered onto these items. These make wonderful elegant gifts for the home, not to mention useful!
  • For grandma, add her monogram to a soft, cozy robe or a new scarf. She’ll stay warm and look pretty all winter long.
  • For the college student, add their team to a blanket, jacket or any other apparel item you choose! You can never go wrong with team spirit.
  • For that friend who started a new job, try monogramming a laptop bag or customizing a business card holder!

If you follow this step-by-step guide to gift giving, we promise your presents will not disappoint! We love creating personalized products for our clients, friends and family. If you’d like to see more gift ideas from Cornerstone Impressions, email us or visit our social media sites! They’re filled with pictures so you can browse for ideas.

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